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PV Sindhu vs Sayaka Sato Denmark Open Second Round Live Updates Online

Updated: 20 October 2016 21:50 IST - Published: 20 October 2016 20:15 IST
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The final score: 21-13, 21-23, 21-18 win for World No. 12 Sayaka Sato in 1 hour 5 minutes.

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As Sinhdu fails to return Sato's shot, the Japanese wins 21-18 in the third game.

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Using her body-smash to perfection, Sato now has reached match points, 20-18.

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The trend continues and they are now at 17-17 before the Indian gets a warning for taking too long.

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And the game continues to be hard-fought and extremely competitive, 16-16

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Sindhu then clinches the lead to be ahead before 15-14 before the Japanese equals the score. 

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Great footwork and attacking display by the Indian and she finishes the point by rushing into the forecourt. They are back at 14-14.

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But Sato still manages to inch ahead and build a lead of two points (14-12)

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A successful challenge by Sindhu puts her back into the game, 12-12.

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Sato still has the one-point lead (12-11). Can Sindhu turn this around?

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However, she still manages to summon all her courage to take a slender lead of 11-10 at the mid-game interval.

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Sato is clearly looking more tired and frustrated and squanders a chance to return into the net. Sindhu is once again up 10-9

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The Japanese is keeping it close and levelled it, 6-6 and maintained it for 7-7.

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Sindhu looks fired up now. There is a spring in her steps now and she is now looking more determined too. Soars to 6-4.

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And they are now tied at 4-4 in the third game.

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Maintaining her momentum, the Indian surged to 4-2 after which Sato took a point and closed in to 3-4.

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Now Sindhu looks the more confident of the two and has raced ahead to 3-1.

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WHAT A COMEBACK!!!! Proves why Sindhu won an Olympic medal!! Showed the same guts and the never-say-die attitude!

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And Sindhu saves the second match point too and takes the game, 23-21

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A 37-shot rally ends with Sindhu's shot finding the tramlines and she faces a match point yet again, 20-21.

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Sato makes an error and Sindhu survives a match point for 20-20

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And she has come back and made it 19-19!

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The Indian takes a quick couple of points to make it 18-19.

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Once more, just like the first game, the lefty angular crosscourt smash of Sato is becoming a pain for the Indian. Sindhu now trails 16-19.

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Sato rushes forward and her shot lands long. Sindhu has closed in to 15-16.

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Sindhu's shots are lacking the usual precision today but she is trying her best to curb the Japanese's confidence. Now she trails 13-15.

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Sindhu needs to quickly rebound or else time is running out. She now trails 10-14.

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At the interval, it is Sato who leads 11-10.

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Sindhu could not clear the net and they find themselves locked once more, this time at 10-10.

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For the first time in this game, the Indian has a lead of 10-8.

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Sindhu is not giving up. The Indian has tied this and made it 8-8.

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The Japanese once more races ahead and builds a two-point gap, 8-6.

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Can she continue?

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Sindhu tries her best to stop the Japanese march and has tied the score, 4-4

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The Japanese is moving extremely well and is landing her lefty shots at Sindhu's feet. Also, Sato is currently the one with better defense on the court. She takes a lead of 3-1 in Game 2.

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The first game goes to the Japanese, 21-13.

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She continues with the momentum and now has a game point too at 20-13.

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Sindhu is getting troubled by Sato's deception and her lefty strokes. Currently, the Indian looks to be clueless as the Japanese is bagging the point fast and furious. Sato is now ahead 19-13.

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Clearly with more confidence now, Sato now even has inched ahead to 14-12.

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Sindhu's shot lands long and the Japanese is back into the game 12-12.

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Sato is trying her best to make a comeback and her efforts are fruitful so far. She trails by just one point now, 11-12.

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Hawkeye judged a point in favour of Sato who made it 7-9 but once more it is the Indian who looks to be in complete control and has a lead of 11-8 at the interval.

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She extends it to 6-4 after which shuttle is changed. Sato closes the gap to 5-6 after that but Sindhu soon restores the lead and inches ahead to 8-6.

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Sindhu now snatches the lead to go ahead, 5-4.

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The left Sato's angular smashes into the corner troubled Sindhu initially who trailed 1-3. But the India soon regrouped to force her opponent into errors and levelled the score, 3-3.

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The match has begun and the two are currently tied at 1-1.

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In her comeback match since clinching a historic Rio Olympic silver, Sindhu was in impeccable form and warded off a late challenge from the dangerous He Bingjiao to get a win in straight games. Can the Indian summon the same form against the Japanese today? The match is expected to begin at 8.30pm IST.

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Good evening and welcome to the Sportskeeda liveblog of the Denmark Open. Sixth seeded PV sindhu is up against the World No. 12 Sayaka Sato in the second round, which will be the pair's first career meeting.

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